Sahaj Foundation is organizing their on-campus Dealing with Negative Emotions Retreat this September.
Would you like to apply the Buddhist Teachings to understand your anger, attachment, jealousy, hatred, greed, lust etc within? In this 7-day long study and meditation retreat, Sahaj Foundation shall give you an opportunity to develop the skill to face your negative emotions and then learn to transform them for your own happiness!
Why this Retreat?
In spite of completely understanding that our negative emotions such as anger, attachment, jealousy, hatred, greed, lust etc do not contribute to our happiness, we repeatedly tend to fall into their trap, realizing only afterwards that it wasn’t necessary to get swayed away with them or there could have been better ways to deal with them.
They have two main characteristics (which the positive ones necessarily lack) and these are indicated by two commonly used synonyms: “disturbing emotions” and “delusions”.
Our finding it hard to change from the negative to the positive emotions shows what our minds are familiar with at the moment. Right now, according to Buddha, our minds are thoroughly habituated with the negative, all the nonsense made up by the ego, by attachment, anger, jealousy, pride and the rest, which causes us suffering, to experience life in a deluded, distorted, fearful way, and to harm others.
A person using Buddha’s methods is, essentially, attempting to develop his/her positive potential and lessen the negative. Buddha says this potential is innate; that love, wisdom, kindness, generosity, etc. are at the core of our being and, in fact, define us; and that negativity, although present in our minds and lives, does not define us, is not innate, and thus can be removed.
The most practical reason for wanting to do this job is, first of all, because it’ll make us happier – and we know we want to be happy. And second, it’ll make it easier to live with other people.
Tools Used in the Retreat
- Study: Understanding how various negative emotions arise and how to develop more self-awareness of the same.
- Reflect: Connecting the study to the real life experiences so that it becomes easier to internalize the learnings. Also it will help us to keep an impersonal attitude towards the negative emotions.
- Meditate: The Tibetan word for meditation is gom, which translates as “to familiarize,” or “to habituate.” In this sense, meditation is a psychological process of familiarizing, habituating, oneself with the positive and with what is real.
- Practice: After gaining an understanding and familiarizing the self with the negative states of mind, the retreat will create a space for all the seekers to face/transform their negative emotions through practice. The process will also enable the seekers to prepare to continue their practice in their daily lives.
Ground Rules for the Retreat
- Participants shall have to observe silence during the whole course of the retreat.
- Participants shall not be allowed to leave the process in between. It is essential to join the retreat on Day 1 and complete the same on Day 7.
- Participants shall not be allowed to stay outside or leave the retreat venue during the course of the retreat.
- Participants shall have to switch off and handover their mobile phones and other gadgets so as disconnect from the world.
- Participants shall have to follow COVID protocols as specified by the Himachal Pradesh State Government at the time of the retreat.
- No Smoking. No Drinking. No Tobacco. Any participant found breaking this rule shall be asked to leave the retreat with immediate effect.
10-12 participants. Selection shall be finalized on a first come- first serve basis.
Venue of the retreat shall be Deer Park Institute in Bir, District Kangra of Himachal Pradesh. The venue is easily accessible via road, rail and air.
- Road: Volvo bus service from New Delhi to Baijnath. Taxi for Deer Park Institute (12 Kms).
- Rail: First train from New Delhi to Pathankot. Second train from Pathankot to Ahju/Baijnath/Paprola.
- Air: Flight from New Delhi to Gaggal Airport, Dharamshala. Taxi for Deer Park Institute (65 Kms).
Duration of the Retreat
September 18-24, 2021
- Single Room Accommodation: Rs 14,400 per participant;
- Twin Sharing Accommodation : Rs 12,300 per participant;
- Dormitory Accommodation : Rs 9,800 per participant.
The cost also covers retreat facilitation charges, food and local travel expenses during the process.
Selected Participants shall have to submit Rs 5,000 as a non-refundable deposit to reserve their space in the retreat in advance. The remaining amount may be submitted at the end of the retreat.
For more information about the retreat, write to Ashish Kumar (email@example.com) or call him on +91 88948 93083
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